About Dr Alice Duffy
I am a GP and medical educator with a lifelong interest in women’s health and the menopause in particular. I graduated as a doctor from Glasgow University in 1987. With further study, in 1990 I was awarded the diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 1991 I completed GP Training, passed the exam to become a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and obtained the Faculty of Family Planning certificate. 1991 was a busy year!
Training to be a GP involves working in a wide variety of hospital based specialties to enable a doctor to acquire the skills to manage and treat the range of medical conditions that are seen in General Practice. However not everything can be covered in the 3 years of training so I undertook further hospital based work to gain more expertise. I was fortunate to work in a dedicated Vulval Dermatology clinic alongside a consultant dermatologist and a consultant gynaecologist who taught me how to diagnose and treat vulval skin disorders.
In 1994 I joined an urban general practice as a partner and remained there for 21 years. As a female in general practice, I saw mostly females, knowledge of all things female was essential. One of the best parts of being a GP is the long term relationship that you have with your patients. I feel that it's a great privilege to be permitted to care for someone when they are at their most vulnerable and I learned a lot from patients over this time.
From the outset I have been involved in medical education. In the practice I was involved in the teaching and supervision of both medical students and junior doctors in training. Keen to be more involved in education, in 2014 I joined Nottingham University Medical School in the role of Clinical Teaching Fellow. This role is delivered via small group teaching of medical students with the focus on consultation and communication skills, both of which are fundamental to good patient care. In my view there is no point in having knowledge if you can't listen and you can't communicate in a way that your patient understands.
With a developing interest in menopause, in 2017 I completed the British Menopause Society (BMS) theoretical course in menopause care and concluded the International Menopause Society (IMS) Impart menopause education in 2018.
Combining my passions for menopause and education, since 2018 I have worked alongside Dr Louise Newson, Dr Sarah Ball and Dr Rebecca Lewis of Newson Health to write and develop a menopause education programme for GPs and other health care professionals with an interest in menopause. This is now available to doctors and nurses on a dedicated education platform, Fourteen Fish. We hope that by improving access to digestible evidence based education that good menopause care will become available to all women.
However if you are struggling to access the care that you need, I welcome the opportunity to help you to gain relief from your symptoms, improve your quality of life and optimise your future health.
Dr Alice Duffy MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG
Also a member of the following:
The British Menopause Society (BMS), The European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS), The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum (PCWHF)